One of Cameron Mitchell’s newer signature restaurants, Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink in Upper Arlington, recently celebrated their 1-year anniversary by adding a Sunday Brunch line-up to their already stellar menu. Being that I just so happen to have a love for the early-day eats, the wife and I were invited by Cameron Mitchell Restaurants to come and sample some of their newest offerings at the posh, yet comfortable eatery.
Hudson 29 is located along W. Lane Ave, just west of the OSU campus area, and across the street from the bustling Shops on Lane Avenue plaza. According to their website, H29 is named for the storied Hudson River Valley, which is home to the Culinary Institute of America, and the route that winds through Napa Valley. Their menu is inspired by the flavors and influences of both.
With that in mind, we happily sent our boy off to church with his grandparents (we don’t get much alone time), and we headed for H29. We arrived just before noon on a recent Sunday, looking forward to a lovely morning of incredible brunching together.
In similar fashion to many of CM’s restaurants, Hudson 29 is gorgeous inside, featuring warm, dark wood tones, rich leather, and colorful artwork in a modern, streamlined space. The luxurious fireplace in the waiting area made us feel like we were walking into the home of a friend instead of a dining establishment, and the hostesses were extremely welcoming.
The elegant, main dining area houses a large bar in the center of the room and the kitchen beyond that, and is outlined by several comfortable booths. As is common in many of CM’s restaurants, portions of the remaining space are separated into smaller dining rooms, which creates an intimate and classy ambiance.
There are also rooms designed specifically for larger parties. This particular room focuses around a single banquet table and is highlighted by some trendy lighting and upscale décor. Mrs. Grub Guy particularly loved the hand-drawn curtain and the rustic fixtures in this room.
After I explored the restaurant a bit, I returned to our table where the Mrs. and I were greeted by our server, Jeff, who turned out to be seriously outstanding. He was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, kindly making suggestions on drinks, appetizers, and entrees. He walked us through many of their most popular menu items before taking our order for cocktails and meal starters.
We started with drinks – I ordered the Bloody Mary ($10.00), and the wife went with the refreshing Grapefruit Fresca ($10.00). Bloody Mary’s aren’t usually a drink I choose during brunch since I’m not really a cocktail kind of guy, but I decided to give H29’s a try. It turned out to be a really good choice! It was spiced perfectly, with a slightly enjoyable Tabasco burn in the back of the throat lingering after each sip. Mrs. Grub Guy loved the Grapefruit Fresca – a blend of Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, Cointreau, and pink grapefruit juice. It was delivered in its own bottle, which our server explained is bottled in-house daily. It was citrusy with some mild carbonation and a hint of sweetness.
For our appetizer, we decided to order both a lunch-ish and a breakfast-y item. First, we went with the Wine Country Board ($15.00), which played off of the Napa Vally theme nicely. It was a beautiful display of artisan cheeses (Gorgonzola Dolce and Vella Dry Jack) and meats (Soppressata and Calabrese), accompanied by fresh grapes, fire-roasted Compari tomatoes, Marcona almonds, a sweet mango chutney, and some really nice toasted crostini, made locally by Dan the Baker. This was honestly our favorite thing we ate during our brunch visit, and that’s not to take anything at all away from any of the other food because it was all incredibly good. It was a meal unto itself…something you could just sit and nibble on for an hour or two. I can certainly imagine sitting at a romantic picnic with a bottle of wine and this delightful tray of food.
We also ordered the Pineapple Upside Down Cake Donuts ($8.00), and enjoyed them immensely. These warm, delicate cakes were gloriously light and fluffy, and were accompanied by a rich, caramel dipping sauce. They would have been delicious simply fried and served, but H29 took the liberty of rolling them in a fine, granulated sugar, which elevated them to another level of awesomeness. When you visit here, get these!! You’ll thank me.
Moving on from appetizers, Hudson 29’s brunch menu includes an interesting mix of culinary styles, ranging from upscale, tavern fare such as steaks, ribs, salads, and burgers, to trendy dishes like the pan-seared scallops, a variety of flatbreads, sushi rolls, and a black bean burger, to breakfast faves like French Toast, bagels & lox, Eggs Benedict and omelets. If you’d like to browse for yourself, check out the entire brunch menu HERE.
Up next for us was the Surf & Turf Sushi Roll ($14.00). I’m going to be honest with you guys – I’ve always been a little scared of sushi (I know, I know…) no matter how much my friends and family have tried to get me to eat it. It’s not something that I have ever really had any desire to eat, much less enjoy. However, this roll included several of my favorite foods – filet mignon and tempura shrimp, as well as cream cheese and scallions – so I determined that I was going to order this from the moment I saw it on the online menu. Ya’ll, all I can say is that this dish was AMAZING!! Every component of the dish was executed perfectly and the flavors were lifted by the addition of the balsamic-sesame drizzle. We both enjoyed this so much, that it’s definitely become a new favorite for us. We took the left-overs of this dish home and convinced our eight year old boy to give it a try – he loved it so much that he scarfed the remnants down before anyone else could get their chopsticks near the plate!
Between plates, we tried some of H29’s House Blend Coffee ($3.00). It was accompanied by a small pitcher of warm cream. The java was hot and tasty, and satisfied our coffee craving just in time for our main course…
When it came time for entrees, Mrs. Grub Guy opted for the spinach, caramelized onion and parmigiano reggiano Quiche ($12.00). It was a large slice of H29’s house-made breakfast classic, and was paired nicely with a cup of seasonal, fresh fruit and an arugula salad. The wife is a quiche lover, and said that this version was among the tastiest she’s eaten. She said the egg was smooth and creamy, and the flavors all complimented each other really nicely. Likewise, the crust was buttery, flaky, and tender. She also enjoyed the cool, refreshing salad and fruit that accompanied it. She said that she was delighted by this beautiful collection of Spring brunch foods all on one amazing plate.
I ordered the Short Rib Hash ($14.00), which was an absolutely heavenly dish of a short rib and fingerling potato hash, two perfectly poached eggs, pico de gallo, tomatillo lime sauce and cotija. As you can see, the presentation of this dish was gorgeous! The hash had a rustic, earthy flavor, which was highlighted by the fresh pico and the tomatillo sauce. I loved that they included a half-dozen or so tortilla chips for scooping. I would absolutely order this dish again, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a near-perfect brunch entrée.
Bravo to the kitchen staff, lead by Hudson 29’s Executive Chef, Jonathan Basch. Chef Jonathan has been in the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants family since 2007, working in various roles and restaurants. He and the rest of the kitchen staff do amazing work, and everything we ate during our visit was incredibly beautiful and delicious.
In the same manner, the wait staff and Dining Room Manager, Joe, were very welcoming, attentive, gracious and knowledgeable. We greatly appreciated the way the servers treated not just us, but the other guests around us.
- Pro Tips: Parking at Hudson 29 is pretty convenient, in general. There are several spaces right out in front of the restaurant along the street, and a parking garage connected to the building. So if you’re running late for your dining reservations, don’t sweat it…parking shouldn’t be an issue.
- The restaurant also features a comfortable patio that is open for all services. If dining al fresco is your thing, check it out when you visit!
- Hudson 29 is opening a second location on April 27th in New Albany. Be sure to follow them on social media for updates!!
The wife and I were extremely impressed with Hudson 29 as a whole. Its atmosphere is casual, but still embodies that chic flare that many Cameron Mitchell Restaurants are known for. The food was incredibly satisfying and I’m positive that any brunch fan could easily find something to love on their impressive menu. Personally, for me, Hudson 29 is more than just a “special occasion” restaurant, it’s another great option for an excellent brunch to share with people I love and enjoy.
Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink is located at 1600 W. Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43221 (MAP). They’re open Monday – Thursday, 11:30am – 10:00pm, Friday, 11:30am – 11:00pm, Saturday, 11:00am – 11:00pm, and Sunday, 11:00am – 9:00pm.